Article Summary: This article will help anyone looking for information pertaining to a real estate license in the state of Texas or anyone looking to become a real estate agent or realtor in Texas. Contents of this article may include information on real estate education, schools, training courses, continuing education, tests and exams, laws, license requirements, renewal information, forms and more..


The mission of the Texas Real Estate Commission is to assist and protect consumers of real estate services, thereby fostering economic growth within the state. The Commissions main office is in Austin.

The requirements for a real estate salesperson license in Texas include completing the required real estate education courses. The salesperson applicant needs to successfully complete at least 210 classroom hours of approved courses. All applicants must pass the real estate examinations and apply for their license within six months of passing. All salesperson applicants must be sponsored by an active Texas real estate broker. An inactive license will be issued until the applicant obtains a sponsor.

The requirements for a real estate broker license in Texas include having at least two years of active experience as a licensed real estate salesperson or broker during the preceding 96 months. Or, if licensed as a broker in another state, the applicant needs to have not less than two years of active experience as a salesperson or broker during the 36 month period immediately preceding filing the application. Broker applicants need to have successfully completed 270 classroom hours of approved core real estate courses, and an additional 630 classroom hours in acceptable related courses. All broker applicants must pass the real estate examinations and apply for their license within six months of passing the exams.



The requirements for all applicants for a real estate agent license in Texas include being at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien, and a legal resident of Texas.  If the broker applicant is a resident of another state, the applicant must be licensed as a real estate broker in that state. All applicants must obtain an education evaluation of the courses taken. The evaluation is valid for one year and the fee for it is $20.00.

 The evaluation needs to be completed before the applicants file their application for a license. Texas law prohibits issuing a license to anyone who has defaulted on a student loan guaranteed by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TGSLC) unless the applicant has entered into a repayment agreement with TGSLC. The filing of a real estate license application authorizes the Commission to do an investigation of the applicant's background.

The Salesperson Annual Education Requirements (SAE) include successful completion of 18 semester hours (270 classroom) hours of approved education courses by the end of their third year of licensure. Fourteen semester hours (210 classroom hours) of the SAE must be core courses. These courses must be taken over the period of the license, with at least 2 semester hours (30 classroom) hours successfully completed during each annual renewal period.

The salesperson must file at least 4 semester hours (60 classroom) as a condition of the first renewal. Core courses may not be repeated within a 3-year time frame.

Once real estate salespersons have completed the SAE requirements, they need to complete the Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) for each renewal period. The MCE consists of six classroom hours of legal ethics and legal update courses. The laws affecting the MCE changed effective January 1, 2005. Inactive licensees are not required to complete the Mandatory Continuing Education courses.

You can locate the approved core real estate education schools, and the Mandatory Continued Education Schools online.

The real estate examinations are administered by PSI, a professional examination company.

A complete listing of license fees is online. The original license application fee for a salesperson is $97.00, plus a one-time fee of $10.00 for the Real Estate Recovery Fund. When converting from a broker license to salesperson license the fee is $95.00. The original license application fee for a broker is $300.00, plus the one-time $10.00 Real Estate Recovery Fund Fee if it has not already been paid.

All Texas real estate licenses may be renewed online. The fee for renewing a salesperson license where the applicant needs SAE is $58.00. If the applicant needs mandatory continuing education, the renewal fee for a salesperson license is $115.00. An inactive salesperson renewal, not needing the continuing education, is $115.00. The renewal fee for a broker license, whether or not the continuing education is needed, is $519.00.

Late fee for renewing a salesperson license is $67.50, and the late fee for renewing a broker license is $300.00. These late fees are in addition to the regular renewal fees.

Texas does not have reciprocity agreements with any other states. To become licensed in Texas, all applicants need to meet the current Texas licensing requirements.

You may obtain the Texas real estate forms online.

Real estate careers are strengthened by membership in the many organizations that provide services for the professional agent. Organizations like the Texas Association of Realtors and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) assist many in locating real estate jobs within the industry. The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) and The National Association of Realtors (NAR), the world's largest professional association, are excellent resources for real estate education and professional enrichment.

Texas Real Estate Forms

Texas Reciprocity States

  • Most real estate forms can be obtained online.
    Ones listed below pertain to new salespersons
    and brokers.
None

(as of 2/23/2010)

Texas Approved Real Estate Schools Prelicensing and Postlicensing Education

Community Colleges

Austin Community College
Cisco Junior College
North Harris County College
Richland College
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College
Vernon Regional Junior College

 

Private Schools

Texas Real Estate Academy (San Antonio)
AllStar (Various)
Champions School of Real Estate (Various)
Legends Real Estate School (Various)
MetroTex Assoc. of Realtors (Dallas)
Purvis (Various)
Texas Real Estate Academy (Sugarland)
Last Update:  3/1/2010
This list may not include all approved schools. Please visit Texas Real Estate Commission website for the latest list of approved real estate schools.